How to download macOS Sonoma beta 3 - Widgets are finally on Mac

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The third macOS Sonoma beta is now available as the Public Beta draws closer.

Developers can start updating their apps for the next era of Mac software when it launches in the Fall. While anyone can access the beta, we advise most people to wait until the Public Beta releases later this month.

Here's how to download macOS Sonoma beta 3.

Download macOS Sonoma beta 3

Beta software, also referred to as a preview, seed, or release candidate, is a version of software that’s still under development and not yet released to the public. This software is intended only for installation on development devices registered under your Apple Developer Program membership. Registered development devices can be upgraded to future beta releases and the public version of the software. Attempting to install beta software in an unauthorized manner violates Apple policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you’re prepared to erase if necessary.

Installing macOS Sonoma beta 3 on your Mac is fairly straightforward, with easy instructions provided by Apple in the setup tool. Follow these simple steps to get the latest beta on your computer.

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  1. Download macOS Developer Beta Access Utility from Apple's Developer download page
  2. Open macOS Developer Beta Access Utility and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Now, new developer betas can be installed from Software Update in System Settings

It's that simple. You don't need a developer account at all, so anyone that wants to use macOS Sonoma can do so. It's great to see Apple extend the developer betas to everyone.

macOS Sonoma has arrived!

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With so many exciting features coming to the Mac this year, there's plenty for everyone to get to grips with. There are new features for gamers, like Gaming Mode and Widgets are as good as everyone hoped they would be.

The release of the third developer beta means we're drawing closer to a stable beta for everyone to try out. Remain patient, and you'll be playing around with macOS Sonoma in no time.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.